AN OPEN LETTER FROM RABBI CHAIM DOVID ZWIEBEL, Executive Vice President of Agudas Yisroel of America

To all of our dear brothers and sisters, may Hashem be with us all!

As you may have read or heard, Agudas Yisroel of America, under the direction of Chavrei Moezes Gedolei HaTorah, will be hosting an evening of chizuk v’hisorirus at the Bell Works center in Holmdel, New Jersey, on Sunday evening, 14 Cheshvan / October 29. 

The gathering will include a Siyum Daf Yomi on  Seder Noshim, tefilla b’rov am on behalf of acheinu kol bais Yisroel, and particularly for our brethren in Eretz Yisroel; and divrei chizuk v’hisorirus from GedoleiYisroel.

There are many things that make this asifa special. For the many thousands of Yidden who learn the daf, the conclusion of Seder Noshim marks approximately the half-way point on their 7 1/2 year journey through Shas. This year marks the 100th anniversary since Rav Meir Shapiro launched the concept of Daf Yomi at the first Knessia Gedola of Agudas Yisroel. And, of course, at a time when we are all מצפים לישועה, it is a tremendous opportunity to raise our collective voices in united tefila.

Reasons enough, to be sure, to take part in the asifa l’chvod haTorah at the Bell Works.

But there is more.

The resha’im arurim who launched their barbaric attacks against our brethren in Eretz Yisroel were very deliberate in choosing when to attack: Shmini Atzeres / Simchas Torah. They timed their butchery for a date when Klal Yisroel celebrates its unique one-on-one relationship with HKB’H, a date when we dance with unbridled  joy that Hashem has given His heilige Torah to us, alone amongst all of the nations of the world. This the barbarians could not tolerate, and so they attacked.

However, we know that their sinister efforts can never affect the special relationship we have with Hashem, or in any way diminish our simchas haTorah. היו לא תהיה!

This is the message we hope to deliver, to ourselves and to the world, when we gather together in BellWorks on 14 Cheshvan / October 29. We learn Torah every single day, we continually draw ourselves closer to HKB’H, we rejoice אשרינו מה טוב חלקינו — and no terrorists can ever take that away from us!

Please join us at this historic asifa. Now, more than ever, let us stand together with firm resolve, and may HKB’H take pride in us, His chosen people.

Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel

Tickets can be purchased by calling 212.797.7380,  or visiting Thesiyum.org 

Or by email 

TheSiyum@agudah.org

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